Trial date set in Dyer murder case: other motions ruled on

Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

A Clinton County man facing murder and other charges is scheduled to stand trial this fall, following action taken in Clinton Circuit Court during a hearing held on Saturday, April 7.

Ira Boles Dyer, III was charged with murder in relation to a vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Ina Edwards, 79, of Albany. The wreck occurred on April 17, 2011, at approximately 9:50 a.m. on a Sunday morning, on U.S. 127, about three miles north of Albany.

Some four months later, on August 15 of last year, Dyer was indicted by a grand jury following testimony presented by investigating Kentucky State Police Trooper Andy Olsen.

The indictment alleged that on or about April 17, the defendant “wantonly engaged in conduct which caused the death of Ina Edwards, when he drove a motor vehicle and caused a collision while under the influence of controlled substances.”

In the fall of last year, the court also ordered a psychiatric evaluation be conducted to determine if the defendant was competent to stand trial.

Dyer is also charged with three counts of wanton endangerment first degree and four counts of second degree persistent felony offender.

During the April 7 hearing, Clinton Circuit Judge Eddie C. Lovelace overruled a motion by Dyer’s attorney, Charlie Pharis, for a change of venue, “due to the fact the motion did not comply with the applicable statute.” Further, the motion in limine regarding the fact that the defendant was involved in a previous automobile accident that resulted in the death of a second party was sustained, except if an issue opened up in the trial of this action or in a potential penalty phase.

The court also found there was sufficient evidence establishing chain of custody regarding the blood sample taken from the defendant and overruled a motion to suppress statements made by Dyer.

The court set aside a week-long trial of October 2-9, 2012 in the case.